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Calendar of Events

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

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 All Day  Free!  Online 

2021 Taiwan Bunun Indigenous Music & Film Festival: Ann Arbor District Library/Detroit Institute of Arts.

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Oct. 13-27. Fifteen days of entertainment, available online, showcasing the Bunun, the indigenous people of Taiwan. "Listen to Bunun" (Oct. 13-27, available all day) is a musical performed by Bunun tribal members on their history as a people. "Bunun Music and Culture" (Oct. 14, 7:30-8:30 p.m.) is a livestream panel discussion with U-M Flint anthropology professor Daniel Birchok and 3 Taiwanese professionals involved with arts and culture, Chin-Lin Yang, Guo-Ching Wang, and Shiu-Lan Chuan. Q&A. "Chance and Intent: Bunun's Pasibutbut" (Oct. 19-27, all day) is a prerecorded talk by Taipei National University of Arts music professor Rung-Shun Wu. "Music and Instruments of the Bunun People of Taiwan" (Oct. 20, 6-7:30 p.m.) is a livestream talk by U-M music professor Joseph Gascho. For film screening, see Films.
Various times, online at Free.

 All day  Online 

Silent Auction: Aikido Yoshokai Association of North America Fundraiser.

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Oct. 12-22. Online auction of various goods and services, and arts and crafts. Proceeds benefit local cultural institutions.
Online at

 8 a.m.  Free! 

Cowgirl Blues- an exhibition of prints by Marjorie Gaber: Creal Microgallery.

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Creal Microgallery is pleased to present "Cowgirl Blues," an exhibition of risograph prints by Michigan-based illustrator and comic artist Marjorie Gaber. The works in this exhibition feature a character pulled from the Mythological American West- a contemplative pioneer, a rugged independent, and a fixture in Gaber's psyche-- the cowgirl.
According to Gaber, "Cowgirls have this strange magical air to them; like cowboys they have this association with rugged individualism and a kind of charismatic folksiness to them, but there's something special about the cowgirl. Something untouchable and aspirational, but vulnerable too." These prints, based on Gaber's comic illustrations, explore a range of ideas on the cowgirl identity in ways that are both playful and philosophical-- who is this mythological character and how does she succeed or fail at, well... at being?
Creal Microgallery, Creal Crescent. Free. 7187837837.

 10 a.m.  Free! 

"Harold Neal and Detroit African American Art: 1945 through the Black Arts Movement": University Art Gallery, Eastern Michigan University.

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The University Gallery, School of Art and Design, at Eastern Michigan University is pleased to announce the exhibition Harold Neal and Detroit African American Artists: 1945 through the Black Arts Movement. The exhibition will be shown at the EMU Art Gallery from Monday, September 13 through Wednesday, October 20, 2021. A closing reception will take place on Sunday, October 17 from 1:30-4:30 pm. Harold Neal was an aficionado of jazz, especially Detroit jazz, and the Detroit Marion Hayden Trio will play at the opening. Hayden is one of the nation's finest performers of the acoustic bass. In 2016, she received the prestigious Kresge Artist fellowship.
A panel discussion will follow the reception from 4:30 to 5:30 pm. Participants on the panel will be Allie McGhee, well-known Detroit artist, and Shirley Woodson, the 2021 Kresge Eminent Artist, both of whom are represented in the exhibition. Additional participants are Dr. Samantha Noel, Associate Professor of Art History at Wayne State
Univeristy Gallery, EMU Student Center, 900 Oakwood St. Ypsilanti, MI 48197, Ypsilanti. Free. 917-975-0146. [map]

 10-11 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Global Perspectives on Public Health": U-M Ford School of Public Policy.

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Livestream discussion on public health and the ongoing response to the Covid-19 pandemic with World Health Organization director-general Tedros Ghebreyesus. Moderated by U-M School of Public Health dean F. DuBois Bowman.
For URL see Free. 764-3490.

 10-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Senior Naturalist: Foxes, Wolves, Coyotes": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Naturalist Elle Bogle uses fox, wolf, and coyote skulls and skins to discuss the similarities and differences between the 3 larger canids common to the area, then leads a short hike in search of their tracks and other signs. For seniors age 55 & up.
Independence Lake County Park, 3200 Jennings Rd., Whitmore Lake. Free; $6 vehicle entry fee required. Space limited; preregistration required by emailing Masks strongly recommended. [map]

 10 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Virtual Storytime": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Wed. A different local storyteller each week reads a story TBA to kids ages 2-5.
Online at (a YouTube channel). Free. 327-4200.

 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. 

Country Fair: Wiard's Orchards.

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Every Wed.-Sun., Sept. 11-Oct. 31. A carnival atmosphere with a variety of family-oriented fall activities on this 6th-generation family farm. Wagon rides, a petting farm, a corn maze, a playground, and much more. Weekends only: a Noah's Ark inflatable, a giant slide, a bungee run, and more. Splattertown paintball shooting at targets, apple picking, and other activities available Sat. & Sun. for an extra charge. Cider and donuts available. No pets.
Wiard's Orchards, 5565 Merritt Rd. (east of Carpenter), Ypsilanti. Weekend admission: $22 (babies under 2, free). Weekday admission: $16 (babies, free). 390-9211. [map]

 Noon-1:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Death and Grief": U-M Clements Library.

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Panel discussion with GrieveWell peer counselors about an 1846 letter from an Ohio woman to her sister that vividly describes the death of her infant daughter.
For URL preregister at Free. 649-3370.

 12:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Social Media: The Bad and the Good?": American Association of University Women-Ann Arbor.

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Livestream talk by U-M information professor Clifford Lampe.
For URL see Free. (844) 973-6287.

 1-2 p.m.  Free!  Online 

The Schmoozery: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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Every Wed. Group conversation about aging, generations, and related topics, facilitated by local playwright and oral historian Hank Greenspan, a retired U-M psychology professor.
Register online at Free. 734-998-9351.

 3:30-5 p.m.  Online 

"The University of Michigan Carillons": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Afternoons with OLLI.

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Talk (via Zoom) by U-M carillonneur Eva Albalghiti. The second of 4 monthly lectures on a variety of subjects.
For URL preregister at $60 for the series ($35 for members). $10 per lecture for members. Memberships are $25 a year. 998-9351.

 6 p.m. 

"Dwelling Place- Memory and Celebration at Agricole"

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Please join us for a community art project remembering those people, things, and experiences we have lost.
The past 20 months of the pandemic have resulted in tremendous social and personal changes combined for many of us with complicated and storied feelings of loss, grief, and solitude. This workshop will provide participants with an opportunity to join with others in-person to construct a "dwelling place" or memory niche to honor, celebrate, and remember important people and events in our lives. This in-person building event can be combined with the online planning session. Please register for the online planning session separately at Because of space constraints, in-person building workshop will be capped at 20 participants.
Agricole, 118 N Main St, Chelsea, MI 48118, Chelsea. Donation. $15. 734-272-8615. [map]

 6 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Wee-bots Free Virtual Drop-in Creative Writing Program": 826michigan.

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Every Wednesday from 6pm-7pm
October 6 - December 15, 2021 (Program resumes in Winter 2022)
A weekly story time program for early writers ages 5-10-join us on Zoom whenever you can make it! Each week we read a story together and practice one aspect of the author's work in our own writing, ending with an opportunity to share. This is a drop-in program; come when you can!
Register here:
826michigan inspires school-aged students to write with skill and confidence in collaboration with adult volunteers in their communities.
Virtual. Free. Online.

 6-7 p.m. 

Intro to Aerial Fabrics Workshop: A2 Aviary.

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Curious about the aerial arts, but don't know where to start? Take your first flight on the aerial fabrics in this 60-minute workshop for absolute beginners! Each class begins with a heart-pumping warm-up and a brief overview of aerial safety, then we fly the friendly skies of The Ann Arbor Aviary. Come ready to sweat, smile, and be supported as you challenge both mind and body!
18+ only. No drop-ins, please enroll to reserve your spot here: and click on "Purchase"
The Ann Arbor Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk Dr, Suite A. $25. [map]

 7 p.m.  Online 

James Tobin: Literati Bookstore/ Rotary District 6380.

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Talk (via Zoom) with the award-winning author of The Man He Became: How FDR Defied Polio to Win the Presidency, and a companion biography for young adults. All proceeds benefit End Polio Now campaign.
For URL see $38 donation for a signed copy of either book. 585-5567.

 7 p.m. or so  Free!  Online 

Kerrytown Crafters.

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Every Wed. All crocheters, knitters, spinners, weavers, felters, sewers, and other crafters invited to work on their own projects with others. Questions welcome.
For URL join Free. 926-8863.

 7 p.m. 

Yin/Restorative Yoga: Mota Thai Yoga.

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Reconnect with yourself-mind, body, and spirit! This slower paced style of yoga is a good compliment to our fast-paced lifestyles. Passive asanas (postures) are held for long periods of time, sometimes up to 3-5 minutes, allowing the deep connective tissue to stretch, the fascia to release, and an increase circulation in the joints. Learn to listen to your body and breath, how subtle movements can change the asana completely, and how to find peace in that which brings you discomfort.
When you come to the studio, remove your shoes at the door, and take your belongings to your yoga space. You will be checked in at the door.
Your first class is free. Otherwise, drop-in for $15 or use a class package. Register on Mindbody or
(The studio is located at 416 W. Huron Street, across from the YMCA. Look for blue door #22 with a red buddha on it.). Email if you have any questions.
Mota Thai Yoga, 416 W. Huron Street, #22, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. $15 drop in (or package prices). [map]

 7-9 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"A2 Retro Tech Meetup": All Hands Active.

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All invited to bring your old tech to show off via Zoom-anything from older computers from the 70s-90s to phones and telegraph equipment, or even a typewriter that hasn't worked for years. Also, members go over what other retro computer events there are to attend throughout the year.
For URL see Free, but donations welcome.

 7 p.m. 

"Silence of the Lambs": Fathom Events.

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(Jonathan Demme, 1992) Bloodcurdling thriller about a fresh-faced FBI newbie who tries to match wits with a ferociously intelligent serial killer.
3 p.m. (Sun. at both theaters), 7 p.m. (Sun. at Emagine only), & 7 p.m. (Wed. at both). Ann Arbor 20, 4100 Carpenter, 973-8424 & Emagine, 1335 E. Michigan Ave., Saline, 316-5500. Tickets $12.50 in advance online (recommended) & at the door. [map]

 7:10 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Birding in Ecuador": Washtenaw Audubon Society.

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Livestream slide-illustrated talk by WAS member Ben Lucking.
For URL see (search "Washtenaw Audubon Society"). Free, but donations accepted.


Nightspots Listings:


Ark: Erin McKeown

A Virginia native who currently teaches at Brown University, McKeown is a veteran singer-songwriter known for her distinctive guitar style, her droll understated lyrics, and her eclectic mix of musical styles, from 40s swing, cowboy jazz, and contemporary funk to Tin Pan Alley and folk-rock. Her Off-Broadway musical, Miss You Like Hell, cowritten with Pulitzer-winning playwright Quiara Alegria Hudes, earned 5 Drama Desk Awards nominations. $20. [venue info]

Blind Pig: The Red Not Chili Peppers

All ages admitted. Veteran Red Hot Chili Peppers cover band from L.A. Opener: The Hacky Turtles, an alternative funk- rock quintet from Grand Rapids whose music has been described as "sort of like the Red Hot Chili Peppers taking a road trip to the Appalachians with John Mayer." $12-$15. 8 p.m.-midnight. [venue info]

Blue LLama: Cuarteto Escobar

Latin dance music drawn from the cultural history of Latin America by this ensemble of members of the Detroit-based Cuban salsa outfit Grupo Escobar. [venue info]

Zal Gaz Grotto: Paul Keller Orchestra Paul Keller Orchestra

Award-winning 15-piece big band led by bassist Keller and featuring vocalist Sarah D'Angelo and occasional guest vocalists. Also, each week features a middle set by a guest student ensemble. 6-8 p.m. [venue info]


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